Latino immigration declines but U.S. births increase
According to a Pew Research study U.S.-born Latino population continued to grow at a faster rate than the immigrant population since 2000.
According to the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project, the number of Latino immigrants in the U.S. has increased to 18.8 million in 2010, but since stalled. Researchers found the U.S.-born Latino population continued to grow at a faster rate than the immigrant population since 2000.
The study also pointed out that Latinos born in another country was 35.5 percent in 2012, down from about 40 percent in the early 2000s. It stated the slow growth of the Latino foreign-born population may have been caused by the decline of Mexican immigration to the U.S.
Various factors are responsible for this trend, including increased border enforcement, U.S. economic downturn, and the growing dangers of border crossings.
The study concluded that as the number of Latino immigrants are decreasing, the number of Latino U.S. births are rising. This means the Latino population will continue to grow, keeping the title of the nation's largest and fastest minority.
Today, more than 800,000 U.S.-born Latinos enter adulthood each year but in the coming decades, the number will increase to more than a million annually.